Selenium - Element is not clickable at point

I am using selenium for test script. I am getting following error and this error randomly occur. When I run 10 times, I get this about twice. So it's not really reproducible. Does anyone know why this is happening? the element I am trying to click is definitely visible in the browser and doesn't move around so there is no need to resize or drag element. I am using chrome webdriver and I read other troubleshooting strategies(Debugging "Element is not clickable at point" error) and they don't seem relevant to my issue. I waited enough time as well.

UnknownError: unknown error: Element is not clickable at point (167, 403). Other element would receive the click: <div class="leftMasterBackground"></div>



There are a number of steps you can do in order to improve the stability while clicking on different UI elements:

  • Explicitly wait for it's presence in the DOM
  • Scroll into the element view
  • Check if clickable

Does it helped the stability?

WebDriverWait wait = new WebDriverWait(driver, 3)
JavascriptExecutor js = ((JavascriptExecutor) driver)

//presence in DOM

WebElement element = driver.findElement("ID")));  
js.executeScript("arguments[0].scrollIntoView(true);", element);


Further, if you will decide to override the default Actions interface with more customized one, you can use two type of clicks (for example): click() which will have all those stability steps and fastClick() which will be the default clicking without any varification.


I have solved by catching the exception and managing it like this:

        WebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();
        WebElement element = driver.findElement("ID"));
        boolean clicked = false;
            try {
            } catch (WebDriverException e) {
            } finally {
                clicked = true;
        } while (!clicked);

I was also facing same problem with Chrome. I have solved that putting one line of code before clicking on the element:


click parent element of the element which you want to click. this can be workaround solution only.


for best solution , use java script to focus element Using ----> JavascriptExecutor jsnew=(JavascriptExecutor) driver; WebElement element=driver.findElement(By.xpath("")); jsnew.executeScript("arguments[0].scrollIntoView({block:\"center\"});", element);

In place of xpath you can use id , css selector : This scrollIntoView will bring the this specific element in middle of page , themn driver wil be able to hit element.

if it is normal button or link , use jsnew.executeScript("arguments[0].click();",element);

This is consistent solution for click.


I got the same issue due to one of spinner was hiding the element.

I gave xpath and it resolved the issue. Other people suggested to 1. scroll 2. sleep also worked for them.

  • This happens only on chrome so it works on ie and firefox
  • ChromeDriver always clicks the middle of the element
  • The reason Chrome driver doesn't calculate the correct screen location of link.


// Find an element and define it

WebElement elementToClick = driver.findElement(By.xpath("some xpath"));
// Scroll the browser to the element's Y position
((JavascriptExecutor) driver).executeScript("window.scrollTo(0,"+elementToClick.getLocation().y+")");
// Click the element;


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